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56Thunder 02-11-2005 02:35 AM

'96 Chevy Truck - no low beams
Hello all - OK here's my problem. I was driving the other night and smelt something shorting out. I turned on the brights and pulled over to check under the dash and under the hood. Everything looked OK and the smell went away. However, when I pulled away and went to turn my brights off, I had no headlights. So now I can have the brights on or nothing - this is when I pull the blinker switch back and forth from dims to high and with the light switch turned all the way (all of my blinker lights will stay on.) My low beams will come on only when I have the light switch turned half way - set for the running lights. I hope it is something simple, a switch or something that is repacable, but I'm just not sure where to begin. Thanks for any help or advice - sorting through this electric stuff stinks.

Robby 02-11-2005 11:09 AM

Sounds like a fried light switch. If it were a shorted wire, you would have blown a fuse. And you are correct, I would rather have a beating with a claw hammer than have to sort out electrical troubles.

WakBordr7387 02-11-2005 12:20 PM

Just follow through all the wires useing a test light/multimeter until you find the problem. like willys said its probably a light switch. When you find it, It shouldn't be that hard of a fix.
BTW, where in wichita falls are you? Ive heard of a place in town that does electrical work like that if you can't figure it out. I can't think of the name at the moment, but Im sure I could find out.

Kevin45 02-11-2005 02:33 PM

Sounds like th eswitch in th ecolumn went bad, which from what I hear more and more is characteristic of the Chevys. Does the cruise control still work? And was the smell inside the cab or under the hood? Call your local mechanic or call the Chevy dealer and ask them if this happens quite a bit.


56Thunder 02-14-2005 10:28 AM

Thanks all - I had a good extended weekend. Wak - I live over by JC park, off of Fairway. Kev, the smell did come from inside the cab and my criuse/blinker switch still works. Is that the switch you are talking about or is there another one down on the column? I'm sure you all are right about how easy it should be to fix, it's just finding the damn thing. I can't find anything visually wrong and I'm not too expierenced on chasing down wires that are connected to something that I have no idea what it is or does. It's probably a lot simpler that I'm making it out to be but, I guess I'm going to make a few phone calls and see if anyone has had any expierence with this. Thanks again.


WakBordr7387 02-14-2005 12:37 PM

Hey I'm right on the other side of the lake from you, Im actuallly in Lakeside City. Good luck on finding the problem, There is a shop that Ive heard of down kemp that deals with electrical work. Its supposedly run by some old guy but does great work I can't think of what its called right now.

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